13 December 2021
Bridgen calls on Government to address skills and training shortfall

Andrew Bridgen calls on the Government to work with employers and skills providers to address the skills and training gap affecting the jobs market.

Help for Jobseekers: Local Employers and Skills Providers

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

15. What plans she has to work with employers and skills providers at a local level to help more jobseekers into work. (904714)

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mims Davies)

Through our place-based approach, the DWP is working closely with employers, skills providers and other Departments to support people into work. Our jobcentres connect directly with local employers to discuss their recruitment needs and to offer tailored advice and support to help fill vacancies. This includes offering work experience opportunities and increasing the number of sector-based work academy programme places available.

Andrew Bridgen

In North West Leicestershire, we are fortunate enough to have 1.1 jobs for every individual. However, a large amount of our unemployment is down to gaps in skills and training, so what will the Department do to solve that problem?

Mims Davies

Through my hon. Friend’s Jobcentre Plus support and the flexibilities I described in DWP TAP, his constituents can now access level 3 courses for free, skills boot camps and other training opportunities that my Department has ensured all UC claimants can access by extending the length of time they can participate in full-time work-related training. In addition, we are investing £10 million annually over the next three years in the sector-based work academy programmes, delivering those life-changing opportunities in those key sectors.